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Leeds is a prosperous commercial, industrial, and manufacturing city in the north of England. It is also the cultural and sporting center for much of the region. In the City Centre, modern offices have developed alongside fine old buildings like the Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. Impressive new shopping precincts complement traditional Victorian arcades, and have created a fine regional shopping center. Leeds is a "green" city, proud of its parks and open spaces, including Woodhouse Moor, close to the university, and Roundhay Park and the Temple Newsam estate near the City Centre. Visitors to Leeds are impressed by the range of different leisure facilities. There are lively audiences for all kinds of films, concerts, and plays. Leeds has a rich musical tradition. There is a thriving local music scene covering everything from soul and reggae to jazz and folk.
One of the first great city universities established in England, the University of Leeds is one of the largest universities in Great Britain today. It has become a renowned center of learning and research, and its library is one of the major academic libraries in England with more than 2.5 million volumes.
This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in engineering, business, chemistry, biology, English, math, medieval studies, psychology, physics, and religious studies. Use the Leeds Modules Guide to find more information about specific courses. Please note: Only courses marked "ISA" (Incoming Study Abroad) are available for exchange students. Study abroad and exchange students may not take any medical or dentistry courses; also, visiting students may face restrictions on taking courses in communications, creative writing, dance, drama/theatre studies, design, music, or any studio-based art course.
You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits). A full time load at Leeds is generally around 60 credits and is also the maximum amount of credits that can be taken in a semester.
Academic Terms in the United States and United Kingdom
When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the UK academic terms may differ than the terminology used in the United States.
Academic Terms Used in the US Compared to the UK
United Kingdom Term
United States Term
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Leeds Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies webpage.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.This program is only available to regularly enrolled Penn State undergraduate students.
3.0 Cumulative GPA
Housing and Meals
Students will arrange their housing directly through the University of Leeds. You will live in either a dormitory or a student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet or Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Orientation arrival is January 21, 2016. Classes start on January 25, 2016. Last exams are held on June 3, 2016. Students can depart after their last final exam.
NOTE: The Fall term last day of teaching is on December 11, 2016. Exams run from January 11-22, 2017. Students may petition Leeds to take fall semester exams early and will need to do so in order to return to Penn State in time for the start of the spring term. For questions about this process please contact your Education Abroad Adviser.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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